Performativity of Mortuary Rituals 2017

Exploring the Idea of Death in Mexico
 
SPECIAL 2-IN-1 INTERNATIONAL FALL RESIDENCY PROGRAM
INCLUDES DAY OF THE DEAD ARTS TECHNIQUES INSTRUCTION AND
SELF-DIRECTED ART PRODUCTION

ARQUETOPIA LOCATION: PUEBLA, MEXICO
 
Now Welcoming Applications for Day of the Dead Festival Session
Session Dates: October 9 to November 6, 2017 (4 weeks)
 Fee Reduction for Early Payment; E-mail for Details
 
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Spaces are limited. Our selection committee evaluates all
applications when they are received vs. after the deadline.
Arquetopias special Fall 2017 residency program exploring the performativity of rituals in Mexico and focusing on the mortuary celebrations known as Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead).
 
Why is the idea of Death representing Mexico globally?
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This program addresses the subject of Death as a national totem, by questioning its construction as a macabre source of identity, exploring its relevance in the invention of Mexican modern art and its secularization in popular culture.
 
This 4-week critical program offers competitive professional opportunities for international emerging and mid-career artists, curators, art historians, and students age 22 and over.
 
This unique program offers critical approaches to the representations of Death in Mexico as a source of national identity. Through the exploration of the myths of its origins, the program will present a complex perspective of the Day of the Dead celebrations. The goal is to provide tools to understand its performativity by approaching complex nuances, including sentimental representations, material culture, and the historical transition in the meanings of death. Through the program, participants will conceptualize their art by engaging their own art practice and medium in critical perspective while observing cultural practices, including mortuary rituals, food offerings, and familial solidarity. The program will also put into context the construction of popular imagery departing from the tension in baroque representations of death, modernization and the macabre, death in the invention of Modern Art in Mexico, and its political implications with visual culture. Participants will also have a chance to place their own art practice in context, having the opportunity to learn diverse art techniques directly related to the imagery and spatial construction of ofrendas (altars) which are central to the celebration of the Day of the Dead.
 
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PROGRAM INCLUSIONS
This program includes 27 hours of instruction in Day of the Dead ephemeral art techniques, including paper, installation, and the edible dimension of the altar; as well as an exploration of José Guadalupe Posada’s imagery and techniques. Participants will have the opportunity to join guided tours and visits to prominent museums in Puebla, altars, graveyards, and relevant sites. Activities are designed to promote intense creative work and artistic dialogue; therefore, artists are expected to allocate self-directed studio hours as part of their weekly schedule.
 
Workshop instruction is in Spanish or English. Participants produce work in our partnered studio at one of Mexico's most important art museums, in Puebla's majestic central historic district.
 
SPECIAL VENUE
Museo de Arte Ex Convento de Santa Mónica is one of Mexico's most prominent religious and colonial art museums. Its collections were formed in the 1930s with artwork from the 16th through 17th centuries including some of the greatest artists of the New Spain such as Juan Correa, Miguel Cabrera, Miguel Jerónimo de Zendejas, and Lorenzo Zendejas, among others. The museum also records monastic life in different periods of history, from everyday life to religious rituals.
 
RESIDENCY DURATION / TIME PERIOD
Term of 4 weeks. Dates for this program are fixed, from Monday, October 9 to Monday, November 6, 2017.
 
WHAT THIS RESIDENCY INCLUDES
Technique Instruction:
  • 27 hours master instruction, spaced over the 4 weeks

Staff Support:

  • Each resident meets weekly with our staff for individualized research assistance/resources, project guidance, and critiques

Accommodation and Meals:

  • Furnished, private bedroom
  • Meals and 24-hour access to the kitchen and dining room
  • Wireless Internet
  • Use of Arquetopia's residency spaces including 4th-floor lounge and outdoor terraces
  • Shared bathrooms with modern fixtures and showers
  • Housekeeping

Studio Workspace:

  • 24-hour access to large and bright, shared art studio with generous natural light
  • Personal workspace with large table and wall space
  • Some tools provided
  • Equipped darkroom provided for photographers
  • Materials and supplies for the instructional course provided
  • Materials and supplies for additional project production not included but available for purchase locally
 
RESIDENCY FEE AND APPLICATION DEADLINES
E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for fee and application deadlines for this program.
 
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